Tibig Fruits

The Tibig we planted in 2012 has fruits! Look at how it’s grown!

We planted this tree beside the creek. Some say these trees can help recharge a natural spring. It’s usually found near water, so maybe it just grows where there is a lot of water rather than the tree causing the water levels to somehow increase. Or it could be both!

We’re collecting the seeds so we can plant more Tibig along the creek. The seeds are tiny!

November 2012
December 2013
July 2017
The ripe fruits are yellow-orange


Tibig seeds set out to dry


18 thoughts on “Tibig Fruits”

    1. Hi Teresa! It’s supposed to be edible and even drinkable. You can get drinkable water from a freshly cut stem! I haven’t eaten it, but my reference book says it’s edible. We see this a lot in forests. It’s a good tree for reforestation near water areas. Also good for bird because it fruits year round.

  1. At first,i saw it in the ship when i worked aboard as pastry cook we used it in our pastries and desserts out of the can or frozen we called figs, i thought it was a fruit of a tree here in the philippines we called Asis in tagalog ,and then i saw a tree in the back yard of my relative in nueva ecija and just learned that we have it here called as Tibig

  2. I bought a small farm and it has 1 big tibig tree.. am wondering if its okay to cut the tree? If i do so, will i regret it?
    Hope u could please enlighten me on what better use i could have with this tree. Thank.u

    1. Hi Mavic, you’re lucky to have a big Tibig tree in your property. It takes a long time for trees to get big. I think you should just enjoy your tree. It will attract a lot of birds and bats to your place, give you shade, and will look beautiful!

  3. Hi Ms Sylvia,

    I just harvested a few ripe fruits from our Tibig tree, which was amazingly has grown just a foot away from our garden faucet. I read that Tibig is edible and the fruit is tasteless. But when I opened and tasted the ripe fruit (very light green yellowish in color), to my surprise the very tiny seeds taste sweet and the outer skin (rind) tastes like a guava.
    I would like to post here photos of the Tibig tree and its fruits for your proper identification to ensure that ours is really a Tibig tree.

    1. I’m not sure if you can post a photo in the comments. Are you on Facebook? There’s a group called Philippine Native Tree Enthusiasts. You could post your pictures there also for proper ID.

  4. Where can I buy tibig seedlings or seeds. I would like to plant them by the river flowing through our property. Will the tree prevent soil erusion.

  5. Hi Ms. Sylvia,
    I’m researching on Philippine endemic plants. Can I use your photos as reference for botanical illustrations?
    Thank you.

  6. Hi Ms. Sylvia! We happily discovered that the plant with large leaves growing behind our gumamelas is a Tibig tree! My gardener said the fruits are poisonous but I corrected him because I checked agricultural sites and they confirmed that the fruits are edible and non-poisonous (after all, birds and bats love them!) Thank you for your post.

  7. Hello Ms. Sylvia … We are looking for red Tibig tree that yield red fruits … somebody said it has a medicinal value … do you had said varieties ?

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